The other pilot flew behind him and talked him down. Flt Lt Durban is fine too, though I think he was pretty exhausted.” The RAF on Sunday confirmed the incident on January 28, but refused to comment on the condition of the stricken pilot.
Most of the RAF's aircraft and personnel are based in the UK, with many others serving on operations (principally over Iraq and Syria) or at long-established overseas bases (Ascension Island, Cyprus, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands).
Although the RAF is the principal British air power arm, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and the British Army's Army Air Corps also deliver air power which is integrated into the maritime, littoral and land environments.
The flying display will finish at approximately with the showground closing at . Yes, there are cash machines on site which charge a small fee for withdrawals.
Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points. There are many local hotels and campsites in the local area. See the ticket page on our website for more information. Please visit the Hospitality page to find out more about Hospitality packages available at the Air Show.
RAF Chinooks have seen extensive service including fighting in the Falklands War, peace-keeping commitments in the Balkans, and action in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The Chinook aircraft, normally based at RAF Odiham, provides heavy-lift support and transport across all branches of the British armed forces, and is supported by the smaller, medium-lift helicopters such as the Agusta Westland Merlin HC.3 of the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force and the RAF's Westland Puma HC.2, based at RNAS Yeovilton and RAF Benson.
While the British were not the first to make use of heavier-than-air military aircraft, the RAF is the world's oldest independent air force: that is, the first air force to become independent of army or navy control.
It was founded on 1 April 1918, with headquarters located in the former Hotel Cecil, during the First World War, by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).
These helicopters, comparable to the CH-47C with Lycoming T55-L-11E engines, were again designated Chinook HC Mk1, and entered service in December 1980.
Eight more Mk1s were delivered from 1984 to 1986 with the CH-47D's Lycoming T55-L-712 turboshafts.
The charities include RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Museum.